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Study at Mercyhurst College

Mercyhurst College is a four-year Catholic liberal arts college, located in Erie, Pennsylvania. The college was established in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy. Its main campus is located in Erie and covers 70 acres. The college offers more than 45 undergraduate majors with over 65 concentrations and enrolls more than 3, 000 students. Mercyhurst College is organized into the following academic schools:

  • The Hafenmaier School of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • The School of Arts and Humanities
  • The School of Social Sciences
  • The Walker School of Business and Communication
  • The Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Mercyhurst College participates in NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II level sports and the college's sports teams are nicknamed as the Lakers. They are members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

Profile of Mercyhurst College

The main campus of Mercyhurst College is in Erie, PA (a medium-sized city). The school is a Roman Catholic institution. Mercyhurst College is a private, not-for-profit school. The school offers degrees up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

Mercyhurst College students most commonly major in a field related to hospitality and security and law enforcement.

Mercyhurst College Selectivity

The school does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 470 to 580. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 480 or more.


The school offers tenure to reward and retain some professors.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Mercyhurst College had 4, 253 enrolled students.

Student Life

The school is generally not a school for part-time students. Mercyhurst College makes available a lot of student housing. Meal plans are available. Student athletes at Mercyhurst College belong to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for major sports. The school takes athletics seriously enough to offer athletic financial aid to a significant portion of its students.

Mercyhurst College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts226international studies, liberal arts and sciences, English, political science, interdisciplinary studies, history, physical anthropology, anthropology, . . .
Business and Management167business management, accounting, business administration, international business, finance
Nursing and Emergency Medicine156licensed practical nurse, registered nursing
Education and Teaching129elementary school teaching, special ed, music teaching, early childhood education, family/home economics teaching, math teaching, art education, social studies teaching, . . .
Security and Law Enforcement119criminal justice and safety, forensic science, criminal justice and administration
Hospitality54hospitality management
Therapy and Counselling39physical therapist assistant, psychology, art therapy
Family and Social Work35family and consumer science, social work
Science26biology, biochemistry, geology, chemistry
Medical Support and Technology25health service and sciences, medical coding
Media24communication studies
Drama and Performing Arts12dance
Computer Science and Engineering12computer and info science
Music9music, music performance
Fine Arts8fine arts
office and Administration4office management
Religion and Philosophy3religion, religious education, philosophy
Medical administration2medical office assistant, medical transcription
Cooking and Culinary Arts0chef training
Engineering Technician0computer systems tech

Contact: Mercyhurst College

Mercyhurst College

501 E 38th St

Erie, PA 16546

General Phone: (814) 824-2000


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